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Illinois Routs Wheaton In Impromptu Non-Conference Matchup

Illinois baseball took down Wheaton on Wednesday evening at Illinois Field, 13-5. 


The Illini pitching staff held Wheaton to just five hits while the Illini offense registered 12 hits in the win. Cam McDonald kept his 16-game hitting streak alive with a single in the first inning, while Branden Comia, Jacob Campbell, and Brody Harding each recorded multi-hit games. Campbell and Harding both homered in the game. It was Harding's first homerun of the season.


Wheaton (3-10) scored first in the top of the second inning, but Illinois (8-10) responded in the fourth as Jacob Campbell destroyed a three-run homerun to left field to put the Illini on top. The Illini tallied another three runs in the fifth inning and two in the sixth to take an 8-1 lead heading into the final three frames.


Illinois tacked on another five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to extend their lead before Wheaton scored four more in the top of the ninth. Crayton Burnett earned his first collegiate win on the mound, pitching 2.0 innings in relief while tallying two strikeouts and giving up no hits.


 The Illini improve to 8-10 on the season before opening up Big Ten conference play this weekend at Michigan State. 

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